like many Wisconsin turkey hunters didnt have a clue what
this sport was all about ten years ago. Wisconsin simply didnt
have turkeys to hunt. But since that time the conservation efforts
of the state and its hunters has raised an outstanding population
of these woodland monarchs. Chris quickly became hooked on hunting
turkey. The season wasnt enough. Chris wanted to continue
his interests into the off season. Call making became a hobby, then
a passion. Like many call makers there is a real thrill that comes
from hunting your own call and getting the response from the gobbler
as he works his way to you.
Born in the cranberry country of central Wisconsin
Chris and his family used the lands natural resources to help support
and feed their family. Trapping, fishing and hunting were activities
the family actively took part in. It was these times that gave Chris
his understanding of the woods, a love for the out of doors and
a tremendous respect for its natural resources. This has lead
to Chris involvement, along with his wife Karyl, with the
NWTF. Both have served or are serving as their local chapter presidents
and both sit on the Wisconsin Chapters Board of Directors. As Chris
puts it; "Turkeys have become an obsession" for him.
calls Chris makes are double sided box calls. His current design
has evolved over many years and today he feels he makes a caller
with not only a quality sound but also a unique design as well.
This double sided box call features a curved base that fits nicely
into ones hand. Yet the working parts of the caller are a
traditional double sided box design. Chris has been selling his
calls since 1997 and already has a waiting list for them. He selects
and harvests all his own woods taking great care in their selection.
All the wood is air dried. Favorites are Cherry, Sumac and Walnut.
He is also starting to work with many of the
more unique woods out there such as the exotic woods that are known
to produce excellent tone quality. The calls are all cut and tuned
by hand to achieve just the right sound. Chris comments that he
has the sound of the hen turkey burned into his brain and works
hard to achieve just that tone. As his calls are tuned, Chris runs
them dry, without chalk. He feels that if he can get it to sing
that way then when it is chalked it will enhance those sounds ever
so much more, this becomes the determining factor.